Notes: Chapter Five

Chapter Five: Mad Hatters and March Hares

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“In Ron Paul’s case”: Stephen Dinan, “Paul breaks single-day online fundraising record,” [no longer available] Washington Times, November 6, 2007.

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“The first Paul ‘money bomb’ “: Michael Levenson, “Ron Paul’s tea party for dollars,” Boston Globe, December 16, 2007.

“By the end of the day”: Kenneth P. Vogel, “Ron Paul becomes $6 million man,”, December 16, 2007.

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“On September 23″: Mark Landler and Steven Lee Myers, “Buyout Plan for Wall Street Is a Hard Sell on Capitol Hill,” New York Times, September 23, 2008.

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“Finally, on February 11″: David M. Herszenhorn and Carl Hulse, “Deal Reached in Congress on $789 Billion Stimulus Plan,” New York Times, February 11, 2009.

“At around the same time”: Jane Hamsher, “A Brief History of Tea Bagging,”, April 15, 2009.

“A protest on”: “President Signs Massive Stimulus In Denver: Republicans Protest Stimulus At State Capitol,” ABC7 News, February 17, 2009. Malkin described the Denver Tea Party at her blog as being organized by these groups. See Michelle Malkin, “ ‘Yes, we care!’ Porkulus protesters holler back,”, February 17, 2009.

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“When President Obama”: Gary Grado, Sonu Munshi, Hayley Ringle, “More than 500 protest Obama’s arrival,” East Valley Tribune, February 18, 2009.

“Few Americans had heard”: Multiple versions of Santelli’s rant abound, but the most popular can be found at YouTube.

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“By the end of the day”: Brian Beutler, “FreedomWorks’ Long History Of Teabagging,”, April 14, 2009.

“Some close observers”: Barry Ritholtz, “Rick Santelli’s Planted Rant?”, The Big Picture, February 28, 2009.

“”: Beutler, “FreedomWorks’ Long History,” op. cit.

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“FreedomWorks created”: Les Christie, “Backlash grows against the housing bailout,”, April 24, 2008.

“It was the business-friendly”: Michael M. Phillips, “Mortgage Bailout Infuriates Tenants (And Steve Forbes),” Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2008.

“On February 27″: On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Fox News Channel, February 27, 2009. Transcript at “ ‘Fair and balanced’ Fox News aggressively promotes ‘tea party’ protests,”, April 8, 2009.

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“O’Reilly told his audience”: The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News Channel, March 16, 2009. Transcript at Media Matters, “ ‘Fair and balanced’ Fox News aggressively promotes ‘tea party’ protests,”, April 8, 2009.

“On March 13″: David Neiwert, “They Call Him Mr. Maudlin: Glenn Beck, You Are A Nut A Loon,”, March 14, 2009.

“On March 20″: Media Matters, “‘Fair and Balanced’ Fox News,” op. cit.

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“A few days later”: Media Matters, “Beck says you can ‘celebrate with Fox News’ at any of four ‘FNC Tax Day Tea Parties’,”, April 6, 2009.

“Beck was prolific”: Media Matters, “Hosting the party: Fox aired at least 20 segments, 73 promos on ‘tea party’ protests — in just 8 days,”, April 15, 2009.

“One of the more piquant”: David Neiwert, “Beck’s version of ‘Thomas Paine’ compares Obama’s budget to Pearl Harbor and 9/11,”, April 11, 2009.

“Beck’s fellow Fox hosts”: Media Matters, “Hosting the party,” op. cit.

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“Fairly typical was”: Media Matters, “‘Fair and Balanced’ Fox News,” op. cit.

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“Marcus wrote a song”: A copy of the lyric, titled “American Tea Party Anthem,” is available at

“Fox News’ Web site”: Media Matters, “Hosting the party,” op. cit.

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“David Asman”: Transcript of video at David Neiwert, “That DHS domestic-terror report isn’t about the Tea Parties — it’s about the Poplawskis,”, April 15, 2009.

Transcript of video at David Neiwert, “That DHS domestic-terror report isn’t about the Tea Parties — it’s about the Poplawskis,”, April 15, 2009.

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“Things started off swimmingly”: Transcript of video at David, “Fox anchor rants about fascism during tea party coverage,” VideoCafe, April 15, 2009.

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“Glenn Beck’s event”: Media Matters, “Live from Alamo tea party, Beck hosts Joe Horn, who ‘shot 2 illegals burglarizing home’,”, April 15, 2009.

“In reality”: Ralph Blumenthal, “Shootings Test Limits of New Self-Defense Law,” New York Times, December 13, 2007.

“In Sacramento”: Jed Lewison, “Live mic catches Fox host inflating crowd estimate by 300%,” DailyKos, April 15, 2009.

“In Atlanta”: Transcript of video at David Neiwert, “Tea Tantrum Indeed: The right-wing populists have officially taken over movement conservatism,”, April 16, 2009.

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“In Oklahoma that day”: Kevin Poulsen, “Oklahoma Man Arrested for Twittering Tea Party Death Threats,” Wired, April 24, 2009. Screen shots of Hayden’s tweets at David Neiwert, “Fox News’ ‘Tea Party’ hysteria really did whip up the far-right nutcases,”, April 27, 2009.

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“As David Weigel”: David Weigel, “Tea Party Movement Loses Steam,” Washington Independent, July 3, 2009.

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“Even before the July”: “White Supremacists May Attempt To Co-Opt July 4 ‘Tea Parties’ To Promote A Hateful Agenda,” Anti-Defamation League press release, July 2, 2009.

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“These warnings”: David Neiwert, “As ‘Tea Parties’ lose steam, fringe conspiracists step up to the fore,”, July 6, 2009. The transcripts that follow are taken from the video at this post.

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“Van Susteren brought on”: David Neiwert, “Will the ‘Tea Party’ tantrums become a vehicle for right-wing thuggery?,”, July 29, 2009.

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“And it turned out that”: Lee Fang, “Right-Wing Harassment Strategy Against Dems Detailed In Memo: ‘Yell,’ ‘Stand Up And Shout Out,’ ‘Rattle Him’,” ThinkProgress, July 31, 2009.

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“Some of the advice”: A PDF of the memo can be found at ThinkProgress.
“Chris Good at”: Chris Good, “Lawmakers Will Face Tea Parties, And More, In August,”, July 30, 2009.

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“On August 1″: Richard Dunham, “Dogging Doggett: Conservative protesters disrupt health event,” Texas on the Potomac, August 3, 2009.

“Doggett later”: W. Gardner Selby, “Doggett says he’s more resolved than ever to pass a health-care plan,”, August 3, 2009.

“On August 6″: Adam Smith, “Mayhem, amid protesters at Kathy Castor, Betty Reed town hall meet,” The Buzz (, August 6, 2009.

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“It left an impression”: Beau Zimmer, “Healthcare reform sparks meeting mayhem,” (WTSP-TV), August 15, 2009.

“As Paul Krugman put it”: Paul Krugman, “The Town Hall Mob,” New York Times, August 6, 2009.

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“Some members of Congress”: Michael Andersen, “Baird fears foes may plan ‘ambush’,” The Columbian, August 6, 2009.

“However, Baird made clear”: Kathie Durbin, “Death threat disclosure by Baird draws criticism,” The Columbian, August 21, 2009.

“A prime example”: David Neiwert, “’Brown Shirts’? Town Hall teabaggers’ ranks are indeed riddled with right-wing extremists,”, August 8, 2009.

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“The rant came”: National Association of Rural Landowners, “About.”

“The extremism began”: Declan McCullagh, “Gun-Toting Man Draws Scrutiny Outside Obama Town Hall,” Political Hotsheet (, August 11, 2009.

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“The next day”: David Neiwert, “Matthews lays into gun-toting protester with some well-placed righteous anger,”, August 12, 2009.

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“Anderson vowed”: Full audio of the sermons, as well as transcripts, are at David Neiwert, “Gospel of Hate: Arizona pastor Steve Anderson spews bile toward Obama, Frank, and gays,”, August 22, 2009.

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“The next day”: Justin Elliott, “Activist Who Staged Gun Interview At Obama Event Was Prominent Defender Of ’90s Militia,”, August 18, 2009.

“Sanchez also interviewed”: Interview with Joseph Petro, CNN Newsroom, CNN, August 18, 2009. Transcript at

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“If the gun toters’ assurances”: David Neiwert, “Gun-toting Arizona protester belongs to hate-mongering pastor’s flock,”, August 25, 2009.

“Broughton was interviewed”: Stephen Lemons, “Meeting President Obama with an AR-15,” Phoenix New Times, August 25, 2009.

“Travel guru”: Arthur Frommer, “Do Guns at Political Events Disturb You? Then Consider Skipping Arizona for Now,” Frommer’s Online, August 19, 2009.

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“Lou Dobbs entertained”: Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN, August 13, 2009. Transcript at

“Mostly, the pundits”: David Neiwert, “The anti-Obama teabaggers can’t really pretend they don’t attract far-right extremists anymore,”, August 20, 2009.

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“In late August”: David Neiwert, “’Tea Party Express’ ads showing up on Fox broadcasts,”, August 27, 2009.

“Early on, CNN”: David Neiwert, “CNN gives ‘Tea Party Express’ free publicity, free room to lie about their anti-Obama origins,”

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“The tour was sponsored”: Diane Farsetta, “Our Country Deserves Better: The Russo Marsh Crowd Bashes Obama from Coast to Coast,”, October 29, 2008.

“In October 2008″: Kyle, “Obama Worse Than Hitler And Ahmadinejad,”, July 2, 2009.

“CNN was susceptible”: David Neiwert, “Fox gives the sore losers of the ‘Tea Party Express’ much more than just free advertising,”, September 11, 2009.

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“However, Jenkins’ role”: Heather, “Fox News Producer Caught Rallying the Crowds During the 9/12 Protests,” VideoCafe, September 21, 2009.

“Two days before”: David Neiwert, “Fox gives the sore losers,” op. cit.

“District of Columbia”: Joe Markman, “Crowd estimates vary wildly for Capitol march,” Los Angeles Times, September 15, 2009.

“Afterward, Beck and his supporters”: Media Matters, “Beck claims 9-12 protests ‘largest march on Washington ever’ based on ‘overseas’ reporting,”, September 14, 2009.

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“On Fox & Friends”: Media Matters, “Beck, Limbaugh run wild with estimates on size of 9/12 protests,”, September 14, 2009.

“Some conservative bloggers”: Catherine Richert, “‘Tea party’ photo shows huge crowd — at different event,”, September 14, 2009.

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Signs: Links to these images can be found at Kombiz, “How I missed the 2 million man teabagging flash mob today,”, September 12, 2009.

“Journalist Max Blumenthal”: Max Blumenthal, ” ‘Get the Government Out of My Social Security!’ Inside the 9.12 Teabagger Rally,” Huffington Post, September 14, 2009.

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Former U.S. senator: David Neiwert, “Is crazy anti-Obama rhetoric intended to unhinge the mainstream right?,”, April 19, 2009.

“A few nights later”: Media Matters, “Hannity asks Steele of Obama: ‘Is there anything that he likes about this country?’,”, April 17, 2009.

“Over on Michael Savage’s”: Scoobie Davis, “Exclusive: Washington Times Commentator on President Obama: ‘You are a traitor to your country’,” The Real Sun Myung Moon, April 14, 2009.

“A week after”: Rick Klein, “Nancy Pelosi Chokes Up Amid Fears of Political Violence,” The Note (ABC News), September 17, 2009.

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“Glenn Beck tried”: David Neiwert, “Does hateful rhetoric really lead to violence? History gives us the clear answer: yes,”, September 20, 2009.

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